Sri Lankan born and Melbourne raised singer Nilusha Baeder has a unique vocal style that blends soulful, silk like sounds with rhythmic improvisation and spontaneous composition. Nilusha draws from her Sri Lankan heritage and combines with it an array of influences from jazz to world music styles. Her first rate musicianship has found her taking part in a wide range of artistic activities from jazz to pop, including performances with jazz trumpeter James Morrison, ‘80s icon Kim Wilde, Australian soul diva Renee Geyer, Paul Potts (winner of Britain’s Got Talent), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens, Tom E. Lewis, Don Burrows, Shane Howard, Joe Geia, Kenneth Nash (USA), Kutcha Edwards, Australian rock legend Stevie Wright (The Easybeats), John Paul Young, Grace Knight, Tania Doko (Bachelor Girl) and Daryl Braithwaite among others.
My band Total Conviction have been jamming together for almost two years .We have gigged many times around town and rehearse as a group three or more times a week.
We won the People's Choice award in the Myschoolact band competition and also placed Third in the Mega Muso's comp in Port Lincoln.
From 2006 to the present Tracey works mostly with her trio performing across the country.
"Pete Hawkes is one of the most important figures in contemporary roots music due to his melding of different styles, his capacity to write anything from delta blues to stunningly complex orchestral music and due to his radically different conceptual approach to recording. Now considered by many of his contemporaries as one of the great composers of his time, not only due to his capacity to write evocative and stunningly beautiful emotional music, but more so due to his unusual ability, unlike most writers, to write innovative, often ground breaking music in all musical genres, Hawkes still remains an unknown quantity to many." (US review, CD universe)
I am full time performer, composer and producer. I am co-writing in a number of projects including with Katie Noonan, Katalyst, Hit and my own solo works. About to release new cd of original compositions with organ based trio - Hit. I tour as a musician with various musical acts including Katie Noonan and the Captains, Justine clarke, and many others.
Frank Millward has been involved with music as a composer, performer and teacher since the 1970s. After receiving his BA in performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, he completed an MA in music composition at the City University of New York, after which he moved to London where he took up the position of composer in residence with Lumiere and Son Theatre Company writing scores and musically directing a number of music theatre pieces. One of these works, Brightside, an electro-acoustic-experimental-dance-theatre piece, won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1986. He has worked as an arranger and producer collaborating on the production of recordings for a number of well-known artists. The bulk of his experience has been as a collaborating partner in a range of theatre and audio visual projects. More recently he is establishing himself as a songwriter and is producing songs whose styles stretch from mainstream forms through to audio and sonic art genres. Currently he teaches Digital Media Art at Kingston University, London. He continues to receive commissions for site-specific work and large-scale project for festival presentations.
With a classical flautist and a music therapist as parents, John Milton was born into a musical environment. His formal journey started with piano, oboe, a choir here and there, and eventually the drums. John loved so many styles of music: rock, pop, jazz, metal, etc that it was natural to play an instrument that was essential to so many different styles. He studied with local Canberran drum teachers, played in rock and jazz bands, and listened like crazy until finishing year 12 and, after a few years of various study, applied, and was accepted, into a Bachelor Of Music (Jazz Performance) at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT. From 2007 ‘til the end of 2009 John soaked it all up, writing music regularly, and developing his understanding of music from the multitude of perspectives of performer, arrangei composer, and listener. Having completed his degree, John moved interstate to Melbourne, victoria, in February 2010 in order to pursue his dream of writing and playing music full-time.
Terry Neal has played lead guitar, bass and keyboards in many bands and has been arranging and writing songs for a number of years. After completing a music production course at the Australian School of Production and Engineering, he set up a home studio, and began producing his own songs and music. His first solo album by his band Sugar Daddies, entitled ‘Broken Down Again’ was well received with one music reviewer stating ‘Any songwriter will be knocked out by Terry’s talent.’ After working with Karen, Terry’s music has taken a new turn; moving from his blues and rock roots to jazz influences. Terry plays Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards in Blue Taboo.
"Knows more about tension and release than most bassists twice her age" -
Michael J West, Washington Post
"Self-generated energy fuels go-for-broke improvisation" - Ben Ratliff, NY Times
"a young bass powerhouse from down-under... I love how she just blew into
town and took over" - Vijay Iyer in Artforum International
The Linda Oh Trio's debut CD is now out on CDbaby, Amazon and Itunes
2nd place in BASS2010 Competition in Berlin Oct 8
David Reaston is a Sydney based guitarist who composes and improvises 21st Century Art Music. The cut and splice, intellectual internal reference, and sonic blasts of his “10 Guitar Project“, combined with freebased improvisation have confirmed him as an audacious innovator. As well as pointed abstraction, David is known for his symmetrical handshakes and a beautiful take on traditional standards, particularly his use of reharmonisation and polyphony.
David has a Master of Music degree in Composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Bachelor of Jazz Studies from the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He has also studied in New York City with Lionel Loueke, Adam Rogers, Ben Monder, John Abercrombie and Tim Berne . David has released two albums as a leader - 10 Guitar Project (2010) and After Now (2004), one as a co-leader - The Reaston-Kay Effect (2008), in addition to being a featured soloist on other albums. He is currently playing with the 10 Guitar Project, RKC Effect, Natalie Dietz and ARIA award winning artist Max Sharam. He teaches guitar and improvisation at the Australian Institute of Music and composition at the Conservatorium High-school in Sydney.
Jeremy Philip Rose
At 26, Sydney saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose is fast establishing himself as one of Australia’s leading emerging jazz artists, having released six albums of original music with his groups in the past three years and receiving the 2009 BeLl Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year His compositions recorded by The Vampires (“South Coasting” and “CheUowdene”) and The Strides (“The Strides” and “Reclamation”) have led to invitations to perform at festivals and venues around the country. He also formed Norwegian/Australian collaboration, Jeremy Rose’s Chiba, and has received critical acclaim for their debut CD “Chiba”, along with international performances in Northern Europe and Japan As a co-founder of Compass Saxophone Quartet, Jeremy has composed a 20 minute tango suite on the recent release “Abrazo Tango” and their upcoming CD “River Meeting” - a collaboration with Indian Classical musicians Bobby Singh and Sarangan Sriranganathan Jeremy graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Honours Class I) in 2007, and has travelled extensively over the past several years. In 2006 he undertook a six month exchange to Oslo, Norway where he studied with the award winning composer Geir Lysne. In 2008 he received a BBM scholarship to study in London with Saxophonist/Composer/Arranger Tim Garland, as well as attend the School for Improvisation in Brooklyn, New York. Rose was also selected to attend the 2009 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Canada In 2009 Rose started an independent record label, Earshift Records, to provide a sustainable means of music production in an evolving music industry.
Aaron studied jazz performance at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and achieved his Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) with Honours on electric bass in 2007. Since then, Aaron has had the opportunity to perform with Ben Lee, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Kate Ceberano, Guy Sebastian, James Morrison, David Campbell and support Leo Sayer, Jenny Morris, Diesel, Vanessa Amerosi, End of Fashion, Old Man River, Lior and Rick Price. Aaron also had the opportunity to present a tribute to Weather Report and the music of Jaco Pastorius & Joni Mitchell at the Perth Jazz Society.
In December 2009, Aaron self-funded the recording of his debut rock album entitled Fade to Black. Aaron wrote, produced and performed on the recording of eleven tracks that was released in September 2010. In mid 2010 he also recorded his debut jazz album titled Australique, which he will be releasing independently from his website. The album features jazz artists Troy Roberts on Saxophone, Tim Jago on Guitar and Ben Vanderwal on the Drums performing five of Aaron’s compositions and two well-known jazz standards.
Aaron also arranges, re-orchestrates and composes for the Australian Army Band Perth, a concert band with rhythm section and vocalists, which regularly perform in the Perth area.
The live shows of The Ray Mann Three and of Ray Mann (solo) have earned them spots supporting international acts such as Al Green, Tori Amos, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Jamie Lidell and Roy Ayers, and local acts ranging from Ash Grunwald and The Bamboos to Kate Miller-Heidke and Holly Throsby. Ray Mann has toured Australia continuously since 2005, regularly selling out dates and in 2009 having his band’s performance televised Australia-wide on Live At The Basement on ABC TV.
The sounds of The Ray Mann Three managed to reach the ears of record label P-Vine in Japan, who signed the band and released the debut album in Japan in May 2009 – where, twelve months later, the band visited for the ﬁrst time to perform at Greenroom Festival (alongside Arrested Development, G. Love & Special Sauce, 10CC, Rickie Lee Jones, Blue King Brown and more).
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